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Steven Carson

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Steven Carson

Coordinator, Graduate Research
Lecturer in Fine Arts
Art | School of Creative Arts and Media

Room 1.40 , Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4300 (phone)

Steven.Carson@utas.edu.au

Dr Steven Carson is currently Graduate Research Coordinator (Art) and Lecturer in Art, School of Creative Arts and Media.  Steven’s art practice incorporates image-based works, sculptural objects and mixed media installations, and he has also presented exhibitions using ceramics and photography.  His current multi-disciplinary work explores materiality and process within the conceptual context of the everyday, specifically examining visualisations of tension and instability arising from daily life.

Biography

Steven recently completed a studio residency at Cite International des Arts in Paris, exploring the iconography of dissent and protest through archival research into the 1960s Paris Student Protests, and informed by the Gilets Jaunes / Yellow Vest movement.

He has exhibited professionally since 1987, has won the Whyalla Art Prize (2007), The Moorilla Estate Prize, City of Hobart Art Prize (1999) and was awarded an Artist in Residence position at Sanskriti Kendra New Delhi India (2005) supported by Helpmann Academy and The Australia-India Foundation.

Artworks by Steven Carson are held in the collections of Artbank, State Library of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, regional galleries throughout Queensland and private collections within Australia, United Kingdom and USA.

Prior to his current position at University of Tasmania, he was employed as Studio Head – Sculpture and Installation (2000-14) at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia.  Steven has lectured in Australian Art Schools since 1998, and recently worked in the role of Lecturer in Art and Design at Hunan University of Technology in China (2018).

Steven served as Member for the Art for Public Places Committee for Arts South Australia (2004-09), and as Panel Member for the New Exhibitions Fund, Arts South Australia (2011).  He was a panel member of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia(SABSA) Visual Arts Subject Advisory Committee (2004– 06).

He holds a Master of Visual Arts from Queensland College of Art (1997) and a PhD from University of Tasmania (2016).

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD The ordinary everyday: exploiting sensations of uncertainty and instability in abstract sculpture and installation artworks. University of Tasmania Australia 2016
Master of Visual Arts Outsiders inside: An Investigation of the implications of collecting Outsider art and the appropriation of Outsider art by professional artists. Griffith University Australia 1997
Graduate Diploma of Arts   Griffith University Australia 1991
Diploma of Creative Arts   Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education Australia 1986

Administrative expertise

  • HDR Program Coordination.
  • Honours Program Coordination.
  • Studio/Worksite Coordination.
  • Foundation Studies Program Coordination.
  • Learning and Teaching Coordination.
  • Development and delivery of art programs for adults with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Loss.
  • Design, development and presentation of Public Art projects.

Teaching

Contemporary Art, Visual Art, Fine Art, Sculpture, Installation, Ceramics, Pottery, Glass, Textiles, Ephemeral Art, Inter-disciplinary Art, Multi-disciplinary Art, Mixed-media, Outsider Art.

Teaching expertise

  • Visual Arts Studio Practice.
  • Critical Practice.
  • Sculpture and Installation.
  • Ceramics.
  • Honours Supervision (since 2000).
  • HDR Supervision (since 2003).

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Research Themes

Steven’s research is aligned with the University of Tasmania research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society.  His research has focussed on how ordinary and mundane materials can be used to visualise concepts of tension and trauma through the use of intense, experimental fabrication processes.

Awards

  • Tasmanian Research Scholarship (PhD).
  • Marie Edwards Travel Scholarship.

Fields of Research

  • Fine arts (360602)
  • Cultural and creative industries (470204)
  • Culture, representation and identity (470208)

Research Objectives

  • The creative arts (130103)
  • The performing arts (130104)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise) (130603)
  • Teacher and instructor development (160303)

Publications

Total publications

15

Major Creative Work

(8 outputs)
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2020Carson S, 'Vis-a-vis', The Barn, Rosny Farm Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania (2020) [Published Creative Work]

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2018Carson S, 'Debris Improvisations', Sawtooth ARI, MONA FOMA, curated by Paul Eggins, Launceston, Tasmania (2018) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Carson S, 'Mixed Messages', Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Tasmania (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Carson S, 'Flat Press', Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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2016Carson S, 'Soapbox #12', City of Hobart, Mathers Place, Bathurst Street and Criterion Lane, Hobart (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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2000Carson S, 'Memento - an improvised installation by Steven Carson', CAST Gallery, Hobart, pp. 2 (2000) [Other Exhibition]

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1999Carson S, '13,ooo; 26,ooo; 39,ooo', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 18 pp with 5 colour illustrations (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1999Carson S, 'Pottery Wheel Drawings/Plate Paintings', Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 8 pp; 12 col. illus (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

(5 outputs)
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2018Carson S, 'That Feeling: three artworks', Academy Gallery, School of Creative Arts, UTAS Invaresk Campus, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 3 (2018) [Representation of Original Art]

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2018Carson S, 'Noncommittal Series', Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 1-7 (2018) [Representation of Original Art]

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2015Carson S, 'Colour Me', Adelaide City Council, Town Hall Gallery, Adelaide, pp. 6 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2013Carson S, 'Casting and Weeding Diptych and Tight Wound 1 and 2', Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld, pp. 3 (2013) [Representation of Original Art]

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2013Carson S, 'Casting and Weeding Diptych (Loose Weave 3 and Pinking)', Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Queensland, pp. 1 (2013) [Acquisition]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
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2016Carson S, 'The ordinary everyday: exploiting sensations of uncertainty and instability to underpin an aesthetic language in abstract sculpture and installation artworks, informed by direct experiences of the daily life' (2016) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
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2019Carson S, 'Interview with Catherine Zengerer', Mornings, ABC Tasmania Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, 18 June (2019) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$19,940

Projects

Artist in Residence Magenta and Blacker Project Hutchins School Early Childhood Centre (2021)$4,943
Description
The Hutchins School has invited Dr Steven Carson to undertake an Artist-in-Residence position to work with Early Learning Centre students aged from 4-8 years (Kinder to Year 2) to produce an artwork for the schools Magenta and Blacker festival/event 2021.Magenta and Blacker is a biennial event which showcases and celebrates visual art, dance, drama and music at the school, and happens in early August:- https://www.hutchins.tas.edu.au/news/magenta-and-blacker-2019-what-a-night/ . Through the design of the project to deliver of aims, Steven Carson will work with each of the 9 classes under the supervision of Hutchins School Teachers to produce a collaborative artwork during Term 2.Scheduling the activities is dependent on the artists vision and schedule, class timetabling requirements and a degree of flexibility. The 2021 Magenta and Blacker festival theme of Doorways provides a possible starting point and in addition the Headmaster wants the project to broadly work around a 175th school anniversary theme.The Hutchins School has previously worked with Artists-in-Residence and this project will be undertaken within guidelines for working as an external contactor specified by the school. The artist will undertake photographic and video work as well as construction to produce the final installation through consultation with and under the direction of the Teaching Staff.
Funding
Hutchins School Early Childhood Centre ($4,943)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Carson S
Year
2021
Eliston Family and Community Centre Public Art Commission (2021)$5,000
Description
The project involves the submission of designs to be reproduced on the mesh covering of 3 x shade structures:The City of Casey is seeking a suitably qualified artist to develop a site-specific artwork for the Eliston Family and Community Centre (EFCC) at the corner of Vestfold Road and Eliston Avenue, Clyde, Vic.The successful artist will be awarded the opportunity to design artworks for three shade covers for structures located at the EFCC. The shade covers measure four metres in diameter and are made of a perforated PVC fitted to custom designed shelter structures. The provision of artwork designs is to be consistent with this brief, including budget and timeframe.The artwork will respond to the City of Caseys Public Art Policy which aims to: enhance peoples experience of the city; reflect Casey and its citizens and contribute to the quality of community life; play a significant role in promoting cultural heritage, local identity and sense of place; Raise the profile of Casey to be a nation leading arts and cultural city.Three artists have been invited to provide concepts for this brief, under a limited selection commission process.
Funding
City of Casey ($5,000)
Scheme
Public Art Commission
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Carson S
Year
2021
The Pet Project - Covid companions (2021)$9,997
Description
The projects aim is to understand how Tasmanians are experiencing and adjusting to the social, political and economic responses to COVID-19, in particular the project aims to explore the potential benefits, connections and impacts of human-companion animal relationships during and after home isolation and COVID 19 disruptions, and document the connections formed between humans and animals in home isolation situations through an arts based workshop methodology.
Funding
Regional Arts Australia ($9,997)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rubenis N; Keating MJ; Carson S; Watt YM; Terhell A
Year
2021

Research Supervision

Dr Steven Carson has an excellent track record of HDR Supervision with successful completions for candidates in Master of Fine Art and PhD programs.  He has supervised candidates in a variety of visual arts studio disciplines including Sculpture, Installation, Performance Art, Glass, Jewellery, Photography and Ceramics.  He is interested in working with new candidates in inter-disciplinary, practice-led research projects, and research that explores materiality and process, arts and health, art for public places and community-engaged creative projects.

Current

5

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDExposing and Visualising the Process of Social Engagement: Refugee women exchanging in liminal space2018
PhDThe Identity of Objects: A visual ontology of things2019
MastersReflective Surfaces: a studio inquiry into the body as reflected within everyday materials2020
PhDThe Conceit of Materiality and Immateriality in Sound Objects2020
PhDJewellery as Specimen: Considering intersections between nature, museums and jewellery practices as a method to produce new objects that intercede human-animal relationships, with a focus on Tasmanian invertebrates2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersTowards Poetic Visual Communication: Negotiating a Balance between Historical Practice and Contemporary Methodologies
Candidate: Natalie Ann Wallis
2019
MastersAffect and the Anthropocene: The art artefact and ecological grief
Candidate: Catherine Faye Phillips
2019
MastersThe Golden Years: Reimaging postmenopausal womanhood
Candidate: Janine Helen Miller
2019